Sunday, March 9, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert Mar. 10 – Mar. 16, 2014

Baltimore Activist Alert Mar. 10 – Mar. 16, 2014

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.

The initiative to stop it must be ours." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center. Go to If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]

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1] Books, buttons & stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists
4] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLa
5] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Mar. 10 – Mar. 16
6] End Gun Violence – Mar. 10
7] "Beyond Newtown: Creating a World Safe for Children?" – Mar. 10
8] Film “Violeta Went to Heaven” – Mar. 10
9] Pledge of Resistance/Fund Our Communities meeting – Mar. 10
10] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Mar. 11
11] "Iran Nuclear Deal: Breakthrough or Failure?" – Mar. 11
12] Commemorate Fukushima – Mar. 11
13] Use Private and Secure Internet Usage in the NSA Age – Mar. 11
14] Enjoy Heartbeat – Mar. 11
15] Tale of Two Cities Action – Mar. 12
16] "The Impact of Multinational Mining Companies in Latin America and the Responsibility of Home States" – Mar. 12
17] Film "Palestine in the South – Mar. 12
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available. “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers are in stock. Donate your books to Max. Call him at 410-366-1637.

2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR]. It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed. It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq. To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to mobuszewski at Verizon dot net. Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.

THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe. It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing. To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.

4] – You can help safeguard human rights and fragile ecosystems through your purchase of HOCOFOLA Café Quetzal. Bags of ground coffee or whole beans can be ordered by mailing in an order form. Also note organic cocoa and sugar are for sale. For more details and to download the order form, go to The coffee comes in one-pound bags.

Fill out the form and mail it with a check made out to HOCOFOLA on or before the second week of the month. Be sure you indicate ground or beans for each type of coffee ordered. Send it to Adela Hirsch, 5358 Eliots Oak Rd., Columbia, MD 21044. Be sure you indicate ground (G) or bean (B) for each type of coffee ordered. The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up. Contact Adela at 410-997-5662 or via e-mail at

5] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 AM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at

6] – On Mon., Mar. 10 from 5 to 6 PM, End Gun Violence! Join the Washington Chapter of Heeding God’s Call at their second and fourth Monday of the month vigil at REALCO Guns, 6108 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD 20747. This is an effort to convince the gun shop owner to sign the 10-Point Code for responsible gun dealers based on the one signed with Wal-Mart by Mayors against Illegal Guns. According to the Post, Realco Guns in District Heights sold 86 guns linked to homicides within the last twenty years with 300 guns sold there being linked to non-fatal shootings, as of 2010. In that article Major Andy Ellis of the Prince George’s (MD) Police Department is quoted as saying, “I can only imagine how much lower our violent-crime rate would be if Realco sold shoes instead of guns.” See

7] – Beyond the Classroom presents "Beyond Newtown: Creating a World Safe for Children?" with Christian Heyne is happening on Mon., Mar. 10 from 7 to 9 PM at 1104 South Campus Commons, Building 1, Calvert Hall, College Park 20742. As part of Beyond the Classroom University of Maryland's series on People Power: Activism for Social Change, the program presents a special seminar with Heyne, legislative director of Coalition to Stop Gun Violence since May 2010. Christian grew up in Thousand Oaks, California, a city that is one of America’s safest. He began advocating for better gun laws after his parents were shot on Memorial Day 2005 while returning a boat from a holiday vacation. His father survived multiple gunshots, but his mother was killed. Christian and his father, Tim, started a chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Ventura County, where they helped to pass a number of local ordinances, including one that requires the reporting of lost and stolen handguns within the county. Visit See

8] – On Mon., Mar. 10 @ 7:15 PM in UMBC’s Administration 101, see “Violeta Went to Heaven” (Andrés Wood, 2011, Chile). See the trailer: The film documents the unconventional life of the Chilean musician and folk artist Violeta Parra. Parra is played by Francisca Gavilán, and the singer was known for her music which detailed romantic pain and social injustice. Contact Erin Hogan at .

9] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. The next meeting will be on Mon., Mar. 10. The proposed agenda will include the Media FBI break-in, a report on the appeal of conviction of the CIA Five, the legislative issues in Annapolis--GMO labeling, anti-BDS, drone surveillance, Futures Commission, anti-fracking--anti-drone activities, including the Spring Actions, and the sentencing of the Plowshares. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.

10] – Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th Street & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine. The next vigil is Mar. 11. Call 215-426-0364.

11] – On Tues., Mar. 11 from 5 to 7:30 PM, hear Robert Einhorn, Brookings Institution, Karim Sadjadpour, Carnegie Endowment, Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal, and Reuel Gerecht, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, discuss "Iran Nuclear Deal: Breakthrough or Failure?" Sponsored by the McCain Institute, the event will take place at George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW, WDC. RSVP at

12] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each Tuesday at 34th & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil. At the next vigil on Mar. 11, however there will be a commemoration of Fukushima from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. The tragic nuclear accident occurred March 11, 2011. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

13] – Use Private and Secure Internet Usage in the NSA Age on Tues., Mar. 11 from 6:30 to 9 PM at Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW. The first workshop in the series is titled “Encrypt the Hood.” Bring your laptops, tablets and phones to install the Free Open Source Software. Jabari Zakiya will be coming to Maitri House for a hands on workshop which will teach people how to use various Open Source Software (OSS) programs and apps that provide secure and private communication and information (file) sharing via the internet. Indulge in a potluck dinner at 6:30 PM. The workshop will start promptly at 7:30 PM and go till 9:30 PM. The suggested donation is $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Email or call 202.390.6398.

14] – Enjoy the music of Heartbeat: Israeli + Palestinian Youth Musicians on Tues., Mar. 11 at 7 PM at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. Based in Jerusalem, Heartbeat is an international non-profit organization uniting musicians, educators, and students to build mutual understanding and transform conflict through the power of music. Founded in 2007 under a Fulbright-MTV award, Heartbeat creates opportunities and spaces for young Israeli and Palestinian musicians to work together, hear each other, and amplify their voices to influence the world around them. Sharing in sustained music-based dialogue, Heartbeat youth develop creative nonviolent tools to express themselves and become a voice for their communities.

15] – A Tale of Two Cities Action will happen on Wed., Mar. 12 from 10 AM to noon at the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. This is your last chance to pressure the mayor to fund your priorities before he finishes his budget! So join the Fair Budget Coalition to demonstrate, with people power, how important safety net services are to D.C. residents and allies. Bring your ID to enter the building. Contact Janelle at 202.986.9580.

16] – Amazon Watch invites you to a "Green-Bag Lunch" presentation: "The Impact of Multinational Mining Companies in Latin America and the Responsibility of Home States" by Daniel Cerqueira from the Due Process of Law Foundation. The luncheon is on Wed., Mar. 12 from noon until 1:30 PM at Amazon Watch / CIEL conference room, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1100 (South Dupont, above Panera / Cosi), WDC.

17] – See the film "Palestine in the South" by Ana Maria Hurtado on Wed., Mar. 12 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at the Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. After the fall of Saddam Hussein, thousands of Palestinian residents in Iraq became refugees in a no man's land. The distant republic of Chile welcomed a group of them in La Calera, a small town where hundreds of Palestinians had already arrived a century ago, making this town their children’s home.

So the journey repeats itself as Basem, a young Palestinian who has just arrived with his wife and young daughter, faces his new country full of enthusiasm, ingenuity and hope. He longs for a home in this seductive, unknown world, thousands of miles from home. In his new country, Basem finds his way as a baker and sets up his own business. He hopes that his efforts, together with the support of the large community of Palestinian descendants will lead him to fulfill his dream of bringing his elderly parents to live together again. Go to

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] Go to

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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